The town of Húsavik as seen in the movie “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” has started campaigning for an Academy Award and fundraising for a museum dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest.
Since its appearance on the big screen last June, the Icelandic town of Húsavik, where the main events of the film “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” take place, has embraced both the movie and the Eurovision Song Contest. Seeing it as a unique opportunity to revitalize the town and its tourism.
An Óskar for Húsavik?
The song “Húsavik” from the film “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” has been shortlisted as one of the potential nominees to win at this year’s Oscar for “Best Original Song”. The citizens of Húsavik have released a video showing their support for the song.
The 93rd Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, on April 25 2021, approximately just a month before the 65th Eurovision Song Contest.
Crowdfunding for Eurovision Museum in Húsavik
Just a few days ago, it was revealed that the Icelandic Government had approved a grant for opening a Eurovision museum in Húsavik. Now, a crowdfunding campaign has started to obtain enough money to ensure the opening of the museum.
According to Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson, founder of the Exploration Museum in Húsavik, the Eurovision Museum will consist of three main exhibitions. The first exhibit looks at the history of the Icelandic qualifier contest “Söngkeppnin”. The second part of the museum is dedicated to the Eurovision movie and Húsavík’s role in the story of “Fire Saga”. The third section will tell the continental story of the contest and its participant countries through the years.
This would not be the first time a Eurovision Museum was opened. In 2016 the year Stockholm was hosting the contest the local ABBA Museum hosted a pop-up exhibition dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest called ”GOOD EVENING EUROPE!”. This however has never intended to be a long term Eurovision Museum and has since been closed.